In October 2015 the College celebrated both scientifically and creatively. Dulwich Inventive was driven by the imagination of boys and teachers thinking beyond the confines of individual disciplines, with every pupil in the school being involved in some way – from DUCKS’ liquids workshops to the Upper School’s Fame Lab Finals.
Boys heard from over 25 visiting speakers and scientists and worked with them in a variety of workshops and interactive sessions. Visitors included Sir Robert Winston, Dr Lewis Hartnell and Dr Hugh Hunt. The Enigma Machine from Bletchley Park was in school for a day and we were delighted to host the first exhibition of Henry Fraser OA (2008-11) as he made his well-publicised venture into painting.
Every boy was engaged in code-breaking activity, with a new clue being released each day. They became masters of spin, creating paintings while learning about centrifugal force in Art lessons; launched paper aeroplanes in DT at 80 miles per hour from the top of The Laboratory; and in Religion & Theology asked whether scientists could put their trust in God.
While the primary focus was to engage pupils, we also involved parents, former pupils and students from local schools who were invited to see the Science telescope at our star-gazing event and to engage with astronaut Shannon Walker via our live satellite connection on NASA night.
A successful week that got boys thinking about the links between Science and the Arts, Dulwich Inventive represented inspiring, challenging and active learning at its best.